Houzz contributor and owner/designer at Jennifer Ott Interior Design. I love to cook (and of course eat!) so I get a huge kick out of helping clients design and build their dream kitchens. My other specialties include sustainable design, space-planning, fixture, appliance, and finish selection, and color consultation.
Jennifer Ott Interior Design is a modern residential interior design firm based in Austin, Texas. Check us out at http://jenottdesign.com
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I'm not a morning person, so I'll take any help I can get for waking up early and feeling motivated to start my day. Bold red is an attention-getting hue, so it's a great color for those who need assistance getting revved up and energized. Keep in mind, though, that red has been shown to raise blood pressure slightly as well as increase stress and anxiety levels, so it's not a good color for those who need their bedroom to be a mellow sanctuary. Of course, deeper and darker reds that veer toward burgundy are less "hot" and therefore more soothing, so look for those if you prefer a more calming effect in your bedroom.
For those of you ready to go red, check out these eight bold red bedrooms from around Houzz, along with a few tips for working with the hue in your own bedroom.
I love a strong accent wall color, especially when it's picked up elsewhere in the room via textiles, furnishings and decorative accessories. This deep red is gorgeous set against the rich wood details, and the white wall helps lighten it all up.
If a solid red wall is too intense for you, try breaking it up with plenty of white. This is a fantastic and affordable way to get a one-of-a-kind look in your bedroom, with just masking tape and paint.
Or use red as an attention-getting background hue for fun, decorative wall decals that are easy to install and also easy to change out down the road. This is another cost-effective way to get a supercustom look in your bedroom.
If you love red but are leery about seeing your bedroom walls clad in the assertive hue, look instead for textiles or other decorative furnishings in it. You can layer different shades of the color in the room; just keep the remainder of the palette light and neutral, so that the textiles take center stage and don't compete with another bold color on the walls or ceiling.
Put together your very own bold red bedroom carpet using carpet tiles. Don't be afraid to mix it up by using two or three different patterns and textures. As long as you stick with one predominant hue — red in this case — you can't go wrong.
Harness the attention-getting power of red and use it to emphasize interesting architecture or other cool elements. This is a great example of how using small bits of the bold hue in a few places throughout a room creates harmony and balance — tricky to do with a color this dominating.